The Seventh Circuit has posted a
proposed revision to its § 922(g) instructions that extends the Supreme Court's holding in
Rehaif v. United States, 139 S.Ct. 2191 (2019), to the other paragraphs of § 922(g).
The Court in Rehaif held that, in prosecutions under § 922(g)(5) (firearms possession by aliens unlawfully in the United States), the government "must show that the defendant knew he possessed a firearm and also that he knew he had the relevant status when he possessed it." Rehaif, id. at 2194. The proposed instruction extends that
mens rea to every prohibited status, including the much more common § 922(g)(1) (felon-in-possession).